Sorry, Stephen King, but social media is more accurate than you when it comes to talking about the craft of writing. I mean, we can all pretend to have a sophisticated process with defined steps, but honestly, it’s more madness than method at any given stage. And when words and sentences elude you, what better way than to say it with our universal language — GIFs! Twitter has been at it, digging up the most painfully accurate, gif-y descriptions of their creative processes, under the hashtag #DescribeYourCreativeProcessWithAGif.
1. When you have an idea, and need to type it out before it falls out of your head:
— Jarenth ????? (@StevenBeargal) June 30, 2017
2. When you’re trying to edit out some garbage, but fail miserably:
— Aidan O’Sullivan (@Aidan_OSullivan) June 30, 2017
3. Hoping against hope that what you wrote last night still makes sense in the morning, but alas:
— Daniel Paz (@danpaz3d) June 30, 2017
4. When your brain is searching for the correct word, you have it on the tip of your tongue, but can’t quite put it down:
— Gilles François ?⚽ (@gfra54) June 30, 2017
5. When you’re sitting among countless discarded drafts and are about to give up:
— Adriana Anders (@AdrianasBoudoir) June 30, 2017
6. When you’re trying to convert emotions to text, without breaking down:
— emma (@Emma_Kennnedy) June 30, 2017
7. When the plot makes sense to you, but nobody else is convinced:
— Codename Gaming (@CodenameGaming) June 30, 2017
8. When you realize you spent the entire day looking for the perfect font:
— la teris (@teresagarzaa) June 30, 2017
9. When you feel like everything is lost, and lose the ability to do the simplest of things. What is sentence? What is word?
(thanks to my CPs and husband for always standing me up again ?) pic.twitter.com/MMlE04L92w
— Rachel Griffin (@TimesNewRachel) June 30, 2017
10. When your own typos embarrass you. Writing is a constant stream of self-deprecation:
— K. Todd Ramer (@K_ToddRamer) June 30, 2017
Here is my contribution, presented to you via the evergreen Ron Swanson.
When the day is over, and you know you haven’t gotten any writing done today, but you need to bang out *something* to convince yourself of your productivity.